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Jerry Reed, Director of SPRC Each month, SPRC Director Jerry Reed will offer his perspective on a current issue in suicide prevention. Jerry, who has been working in the field of suicide prevention since 1997 and with SPRC since 2008, brings to his role significant experience in advocacy and public policy, a 15-year career as a civil servant with the Department of the Army, and experience working directly with the U.S. Congress. Jerry’s professional interest in the field of suicide prevention started as a result of his work in the Office of Senator Harry Reid. The Director’s Corner occasionally features guest columns by distinguished members of the suicide prevention community.

Success and Inspiration at the Zero Suicide Academy

Posted by

Jerry Reed

on July 7, 2014

From June 26-27, 2014, SPRC was honored to host the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s first Zero Suicide Academy. During this groundbreaking event, teams from 16 public and private health care organizations came together with experts in suicide prevention and health care, assessed the capacity of their organizations to deliver suicide care, and created work plans to...

A Decade of Service

Posted by

Jerry Reed

on June 4, 2014

On June 3, 2014, Senator Gordon H. Smith stepped down as the private sector co-chair of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a position he has held since the Action Alliance’s launch on World Suicide Prevention Day 2010. I would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge his four years of leadership at the helm of the Action Alliance and his ten years of service to the...

Moving Forward with Attempt Survivors

Posted by

DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D.



on April 30, 2014

Dr. DeQuincy Lezine is President and CEO of Prevention Communities, and a suicide attempt survivor. He serves on the SPRC Steering Committee, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee.

The suicide attempt survivor movement had its origins in...

Learning from California

Posted by

Anara Guard, Senior Project Director, EDC

on April 7, 2014

Anara lives and works in California

The State of California has a long history of innovation in suicide prevention. In 1958 Edwin Schneidman founded the nation’s first comprehensive suicide prevention center in Los Angeles. The first community-based telephone crisis center in the United States was established in San Francisco in 1962.

This history of...

A New Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention

Posted by

Thomas Insel

on March 7, 2014

Director, NIMH

More than 38,000 Americans died by suicide in 2010, the most recent year for which we have national data. This makes suicide, once again, the tenth leading cause of death for all ages; the second leading cause of death for young adults ages 25 to 34.1 Despite changes in recent decades that might reasonably have been expected to reduce suicide rates...